Team effort propels Cardinals past Tortugas

By Andrew Miller / Palm Beach Cardinals | April 9, 2019 10:15 PM

Each and every starter on Palm Beach made a contribution in the team's 10-5 victory over Daytona on Tuesday. 

The Cardinals got on the board early, taking a 1-0 lead on a Bryce Denton home run in the second inning, the first of his season. 

After Daytona took a 2-1 lead in the fourth inning, the constant drizzle all night did not seem to bother the Cardinals after Palm Beach put up a six spot in the sixth to take a commanding 7-2 lead. 

Denton's two-strike double scored two runs and was followed by a Jose Martinez sacrafice fly. Justin Toerner and Chase Pinder then each hit an RBI single scoring three more runs in total. 

On the mound, Johan Oviedo took over for Luke Gregerson who tossed a scoreless first inning. In his second appearance of the season, the 21-year-old's only blemish was that fourth inning in which Daytona took the lead, but even pitching with a deficit, kept the Cardinals in the game. In total, Oviedo allowed just two earned runs and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings while picking up his first victory of the season. 

The Tortugas scored a single run in each the seventh and eighth inning cutting the Cardinals lead to 7-4. 

In the home half of that eighth inning, Palm Beach scored three more insurance runs and put the game away for good. Luken Baker hit an RBI double and later in the inning was brought home alongside Zach Kirtley by Nick Plummer's triple. 

All nine players in the starting lineup recorded a hit with Kirtley, Baker and Denton both recording multi-hit games. Denton had a game high three RBI. In addition to their two base hits, Baker and Kirtley reached base via a walk twice. 

The teams will meet tomorrow for game three of the four game series with first pitch set for 6:30 PM. Tickets and more information can be found at Rogerdeanchevroletstadium.com 

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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